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In 1976, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was put in charge of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act which governs the disposal of solid and hazardous waste in the United States. Over the years, this important piece of legislation has seen many changes. Now, it's time for a new amendment.

Organic material like food scraps are currently piling up in America's landfills, rotting and producing methane, a greenhouse gas 25 times more powerful than carbon dioxide. According to the EPA, landfills are the third-largest source of methane in the U.S., behind industry and agriculture.

It doesn't have to be this way, though.

Across the country, cities have taken the initiative to implement mandatory composting and are experiencing environmental and economic benefits. Composting puts organic material to good use, as composing produces nutrient-rich fertilizer instead of generating methane. This can help stop or even reverse the fact that one-third of the world's arable land has been lost to soil erosion. A nation-wide system consisting of many small, local or regional operations would also help create sustainable, eco-friendly jobs across the country.

Composting isn't just a question of leaving table scraps separate for garbage collectors, however. Currently, the United States, 71% of composting facilities are dedicated only to yard trimmings, infrastructure inadequate and unprepared to handle food waste. Lack of funding has halted much of the progress made in the 1990s towards the creation or expansion of more composting facilities, and this has to change if a national composting program is to become a reality.

Clearly, composting is as civil leaders like New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg say, the "final recycling frontier." We need the leadership of the EPA to tackle the proper management of compostable organic material.

Call on the EPA to amend the 1976 Resource Conservation and Recovery Act to include mandatory composting collection of food scraps and other compostable materials and to collaborate with state and local governments to address the severe lack of funding and composting facilities equipped to receive and process food waste.

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To the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency,

New York's Mayor, Michael Bloomberg, has called composting the city's "final recycling frontier." I am writing to ask that you use your position of power and authority to create a new program for composting food waste on a national scale.

To help sustain our planet, we simply cannot afford to continue throwing away our food scraps. As you are probably aware, as food rots in landfills, it creates dangerous methane gas, a greenhouse gas 25 times more powerful than carbon dioxide. According to the EPA, landfills are the third-largest source of methane in the U.S., behind industry and agriculture.

Across the country, cities have taken the initiative to implement mandatory composting and are experiencing environmental and economic benefits. Composting puts organic material to good use, as composing produces nutrient-rich fertilizer instead of generating methane. This can help stop or even reverse the fact that one-third of the world's arable land has been lost to soil erosion. A nation-wide system consisting of many small, local or regional operations would also help create sustainable, eco-friendly jobs across the country.

Operations like these have proven large-scale composting operations can and do work.

Composting isn't just a question of leaving table scraps separate for garbage collectors, however. Currently, the United States, 71% of composting facilities are dedicated only to yard trimmings, infrastructure inadequate and unprepared to handle food waste. Lack of funding has halted much of the progress made in the 1990s towards the creation or expansion of more composting facilities, and this has to change if a national composting program is to become a reality.

Please, amend the 1976 Resource Conservation and Recovery Act to include mandatory composting collection of food scraps and other compostable materials and collaborate with state and local governments to address the severe lack of funding and composting facilities equipped to receive and process food waste.

The United States needs the leadership and vision of the EPA to tackle the proper management of compostable organic material. It can be done. Indeed, for the health of our country and planet, it must be done.

Thank you,

Petition Signatures


Aug 17, 2018 Karen Gagnon
Aug 16, 2018 Catherine Hertfelder
Aug 16, 2018 Christopher Clark
Aug 16, 2018 Ann Crosby
Aug 16, 2018 Kathleen Vadnais
Aug 16, 2018 Becky Anderson
Aug 16, 2018 James Williams This is another must! too much going into the landfill! Should be mandatory!
Aug 16, 2018 Peter Le Beau
Aug 13, 2018 Phyllis Corcacas
Aug 11, 2018 Carola Roy
Aug 11, 2018 Maria Severi
Aug 10, 2018 Kim Olson
Aug 10, 2018 Cara Blazucki
Aug 9, 2018 Alex McVey
Aug 9, 2018 Zoi Vardaki
Aug 8, 2018 Denise Griffin
Aug 8, 2018 felipe guillen
Aug 7, 2018 Katherine burt
Aug 6, 2018 Claire McCullagh
Aug 6, 2018 Tonie Hernandez
Aug 5, 2018 Lourdes Acevedo
Aug 5, 2018 Catherine King-Chuparkoff
Aug 5, 2018 S Rothauser
Aug 5, 2018 Catherine Jarvey
Aug 4, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Aug 4, 2018 Patricia Lewis
Aug 3, 2018 Elle Sullivan
Aug 3, 2018 helen emmerson
Aug 3, 2018 Lori O'Dell
Aug 2, 2018 teena berger
Aug 2, 2018 Martina Clerici
Aug 1, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Aug 1, 2018 Lynne potts
Aug 1, 2018 Amanda Ault
Jul 31, 2018 Fabrizio Calderara
Jul 30, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 30, 2018 Franziska Hanke
Jul 30, 2018 Irene Souder-Coyle My daughter-in-law does organic gardening with composting, and the results are fantastic. Gardens and the planet are both winners.
Jul 29, 2018 Sophie Benger
Jul 29, 2018 Howard Olanier
Jul 29, 2018 Howard Olanier
Jul 29, 2018 Laure Leclerc
Jul 28, 2018 Jan Salas
Jul 28, 2018 Ines Figueiredo
Jul 28, 2018 Jodi Roberti-nielsen
Jul 27, 2018 Renae Tanner
Jul 26, 2018 carri perani-welsh
Jul 26, 2018 Susan Hogarth
Jul 25, 2018 Caring Soul
Jul 25, 2018 Jennifer Marciano

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